In Search of Sir Thomas Browne: The Life and Afterlife of the Seventeenth Century's Most Inquiring Mind


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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.5 X 1.1 X 9.5 inches | 1.4 pounds
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About the Author

Hugh Aldersey-Williams is the author of many books, including The Tide, Anatomies, Periodic Tales, and The Most Beautiful Molecule, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He lives in Norfolk, England.


A delightful portrait.--Jim Holt
A triumph. With humour, humility and intelligent generosity, Aldersey-Williams brings Sir Thomas Browne splendidly to life, urns and all.
[T]he intellectual equivalent of a buddy road trip.
[F]ascinating.... [A] cleverly constructed and amusing book, on a subject deserving of fresh attention.--Jeffrey Collins
Engaging and thoughtful.... Like some of the most compelling biographers, Aldersey-Williams partly inhabits his subject.
Superb.... Aldersey-Williams has produced not a standard biography but a fascinating genre-bending melange of life story, medicine, science and human culture.... With luck this fine tribute will bring Browne the wider readership he richly deserves.
This is just the kind of celebration Sir Thomas Browne needs and deserves: not a conventional biography but a meditation filled with intellectual curiosity, tolerance, humane observation, and gentle wit. It shows Browne as a man caught in the currents of his times while musing on timeless questions--and, like Aldersey-Williams, determined to weigh up the evidence without dogmatism, and to enjoy the richness of the world.--Philip Ball
A wonderfully erratic, promenading book, in which we see how different, yet how similar we still are today to that most serene, most enigmatic science pioneer and literary master, Sir Thomas Browne, whose prose style is one of the highest peaks in English literature, according to Borges and to my humble self.--Javier Marías